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NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? August 2017

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

***** Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) events (...??) *****

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****


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Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 10 August 2017

Part One below - A special Harberton concert announcement
Part Two -
A full listing for the coming month
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

Only a few website updates to deal with for the immediate future this week. Just as well, because most of the rest of this week (apart from going to the excellent Gigspanner Big Band concert in Ashburton last night - well done Daf and the Widecombe Sailing Club crew) has been spent making arrangements for...

NEW Saturday 30 September 2017 8pm - Show of Hands - St Andrew's Church, Harberton TQ9 7SF nr Totnes (map)
Harberton Folk is delighted to have been able to seize the opportunity offered to stage a preview by Show of Hands www.showofhands.co.uk with Miranda Sykes of The Cathedrals Tour 2017, also featuring special guest Kirsty Merryn, in Harberton's village church. St Andrew's is a fine example of medieval architecture. We look forward to experiencing the lighting and sound system especially designed to enhance the ambience and acoustics of these grand old ecclesiastical buildings. All concert proceeds to the newly formed Harberton Church Community Fund (reg. charity 1172549) for the upkeep of this impressive 14th C building and the promotion of its use for community purposes in the future.
Free parking (at Harberton Parish Hall & Playing Field). No bar, but the Church House Inn is a few steps from the church door (drinks can be taken into church) and will also be opening the kitchen early offering a limited 2-course set menu from 5.00pm to 6.30pm specially for concert goers. Meals must be prebooked.
Full details at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/soh170930.htm.
Total (fully seated) capacity is only 200, including some restricted views. At the time of writing, 47 have already gone within 2 days of ticket release.

***** Part Two - A full listing for the coming month *****

Thursday 17 August 2017 8pm - Ragged Union - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Formed in the winter of 2014 and hailing from Colorado, the band became a fixture on the Bluegrass scene earning fans among both young and older audiences. This all star line up of some of the state’s finest pickers and the dynamic front duo of husband and wife, Geoff and Christina Union captivate from the off. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 17 August 2017 8.30pm - Olly Parker - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
An artist inspired by soul, blues and folk music that effortlessly blends them together in his original style. Support: Luke Engel, contemporary folk musician who started singing in an alleyway near Bristol and is now playing Nick Drake and Dylan inspired original songs in big stages around the UK. Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 18 August 2017 9pm - Crow Puppets - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Bringing their own unique style of homespun folk, Crow Puppets are a Devon based female folk duo; Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall. Singing close harmonies and blending a hotpotch of instruments, they weave mysterious imagery and tender lyrics into their warm and heartfelt performances. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sold out 18-20 August 2017 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Full details www.beautifuldays.org.

Saturday 19 August 2017 8pm - Wizz Jones & Pete Berryman - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
For over 50 years Wizz Jones has been coming to Cornwall with his intimate style of folk blues and dry humour. Keith Richards quotes Wizz as a key influence on his own development and introducing him to Cocaine (the song) but Wizz doesn't remember ever meeting him! Wizz is part of a diminishing band of traditional finger-picking guitarists and describes himself as a 'travelling troubadour', his rendition of songs by others always adding another layer of understanding while his own songs delivered with a deceptively light touch take you straight to the heart of the man. He will be joined by fine singer/songwriter/guitarist Pete Berryman. Pete and Wizz have recently recorded 'Come What May' with Simeon Jones on saxophone: they will be featuring songs from that album as well as drawing on the vast repertoire, collected during their illustrious careers.
Tickets £10 at www.calstockhall.org, or 01726 879500 or Limekiln Gallery.

Saturday 19 August 2017 - Jim Causley Trio - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
Remarkably, given the prominence of his native West County in his music, Forgotten Kingdom is the first occasion Jim has actually recorded an album in his home county of Devon. Working alongside award-winning co-producer Mark Tucker, this was a project Causley has long dreamt of creating. For this decennary celebration, Jim has invited some of his closest musical friends to join him as guests. Among them are long-time collaborators James Dumbelton, Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, all three members of Show of Hands on whose label (Hands On Music) the album is being released; contemporaries Seth Lakeman, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Kathryn Roberts, Lukas Drinkwater and Jackie Oates. www.sterts.co.uk.

Tuesday 22 August 2017 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Exmouth Shanty Men are now hosting regular “come all ye” Shanty Workshops on assorted Tuesdays. Come one and all, lead a shanty, join in or just enjoy the shenanigans. www.exmouthshantymen.com.

25/26 August 2017 - Sea Change Festival - Totnes
Various venues, various genres. Line-up includes Michael Chapman. www.seachangefestival.co.uk. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/f/10662.

NEW Sunday 27 August 2017 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band playing a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 2.30pm and entrance is free. Tables to eat may be booked on 01803 665066. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 01803 520798.

Thursday 31 August 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A return visit from Best Duo winners in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Kathryn and Sean are widely recognised as two of the folk scene’s most accomplished musicians. Musical collaborators with the likes of Seth Lakeman (Sean’s younger brother), Cara Dillon, the Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, this husband and wife duo deliver an intimacy and strength of passion in their music. Kathryn’s sublime voice and effortless delivery, combined with Sean’s gifted guitar playing and masterly arrangements make for a captivating live performance. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 1 September 2017 7.30pm - The Demon Barbers: The Lock In Remixed - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
Fresh from their sell out performances of The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’, The Demon Barbers and Breaking Tradition Dance Company return to Ye Olde Fighting Cocks for a comical new take on their 5-star Live Music & Dance Extravaganza! With ‘maverick & compelling’ live music by BBC Radio 2 award-winning powerhouse – The Demon Barbers, some of the UK’s oldest forms of dance are brought bang up to date with some of the youngest, in this charismatic, family friendly, celebration of dance culture. A group of hip hop dancers arrive at an apparently deserted pub but local rumour has it that this tumble-down inn is frequented by other worldly characters and as the regulars arrive, a clash of cultures soon turns into a dance floor stand-off. The skill, speed and athleticism of the dancers on both sides wins the others over as old and new are brought together in this quintessential folk & hip hop dance spectacular. With sword dancers wielding pool-cues, bboys dancing the morris and hip hoppers battling with clog girls, The Lock In is “guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience home smiling” The Times. Meanwhile house band, The Demon Barbers, takes English Folk music on a new journey with Hip Hop, House, Funk, Disco and even says hello to Drum & Bass and Ska along the way! www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/shows/the-lock-in-remixed. Box office 01803 665800.

Saturday 2 September 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Ticketing tba www.nourishfestival.org.

Saturday 2 September 2017 8pm - Hillbilly Moon Explosion - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
From Zurich Switzerland, one of the finest New Wave Rockabilly/Americana bands on the planet. Singer Emanuela has such enchanting vocals & to hear this in a Cavern will be one we wont forget. For fans of, Stray Cats, Imelda May & roots music. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

Sunday 3 September 2017 7.45pm - Jimmy & Sid - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
From the far side of the country (East Anglia, from where much of their musical influence stems), Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are both excellent multi-instrumentalists and singers.Sensitive instrumentation and fine harmonies led Mike Harding to comment "Every now and then an act jumps out at you and knocks you back. You're in for a treat." For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Thursday 7 September 2017 - Phil Beer - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Best known for his multi-instrumental wizardry as one half of England’s top acoustic / roots duo Show of Hands, Phil makes a solo visit to Calstock Arts. With a career spanning 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style, interjected with musings and amusings. A feast of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 8 September 2017 - Silvington - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Concert in aid of The Friends of St Peter's Church, Meavy. Silvington is a collaboration between two established performers, Tricia Moore and John Connor. They play folk, traditional and contemporary acoustic music. Licensed bar. See Silvington on www.facebook.com/silvington. Tickets can be reserved by email to michael [at] parle.co.uk, and will be available from the Royal Oak Inn in Meavy in due course. Online tickets £6+ www.wegottickets.com/event/411033.

NEW Friday 8 September 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Music: Stick the Fiddle. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

NEW Saturday 9 September 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. In early 2014 Steve Knightley set out on his 160 date ‘Grow your own Gig’ tour of rural village halls. Once described by the Times as the “gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor” and possessing a vast repertoire of songs about those who live and work in the countryside, this journey finally came to an end in September 2015. In 2016 he has decided to turn his attention to Maritime venues around the shoreline of England and Wales. The ‘All at Sea’ tour will find him playing in seaside halls, an Elizabethan Fort, on boats and in a rich variety of performing spaces all within sight of the waves and the tide. As Steve says 'As a West country songwriter I have written so many songs of seafarers and wreckers, travellers and traders, pirates and smugglers. Now I‘m going to be able to sing them with the sound of the sea in the distance - I can’t wait!'



Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 4 August 2017

Part One below - A full listing for the coming 5 weeks
Part Two - One-liners for the rest of September
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

***** Part Two - One-liners for the rest of September *****

Thursday 14 September 2017 8pm - Geoff Lakeman - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
Friday 15 September 2017 8pm - Jez Lowe - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX
Friday 15 September 2017 8pm - Granny’s Attic - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ
Friday 15 September 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter
Saturday 16 September 2017 8pm - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA
Saturday 16 September 2017 - LOSt COYOTES - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY
day 17 September 2017 7.45pm - Dan Walsh - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
Sunday 17 September 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
Tuesday 19 September 2017 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Friday 22 September 2017 8pm  - Phil Beer Band - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU
Friday 22 September 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
Friday 22 September 2017 7.30pm - Hannah White - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Village Hall, Holbeton PL8 1LW
Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Keith James: The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Saturday 23 September 2017 - Tennyson’s Twin - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH
Sunday 24 September 2017 - Martin & Eliza Carthy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS
Sunday 24 September 2017 7.30pm - State of the Union - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA
Friday 29 September 2017 8pm - Southern Tenant Folk Union - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
Friday 29 September 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - The Ocean, Queens Drive, Exmouth EX8 2AY
Friday 29 September 2017 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Solarference & Rosa Rebecca - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ
Saturday 30 September 2017 - O'Hooley &Tidow - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for August
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Coming up at Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Exeter Phoenix arts centre stages an enormous range of musical events. See www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music for full details. The current programme includes:
Sunday 24 September 2017 - Martin & Eliza Carthy
Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Martin Simpson
Sunday 22 October 2017 - Heidi Talbot
Monday 20 November 2017 - Skerryvore
Thursday 23 November 2017 - Afro Celt Sound Sytem + The Dhol Foundation
Sunday 26 November 2017 - William The Conqueror
Wednesday 29 November 2017 - Lau
Tuesday 19 December 2017 - Belshazzar's Feast

Thursday 8 March 2018 - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

Autumn at Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Exeter Corn Exchange puts on a wide range of top-class events including comedy, various music genres, top tribute bands, dance, and much more. See www.exetercornexchange.co.uk for full details. The current programme includes:
Friday 22 September 2017 8pm  - Phil Beer Band
Sunday 8 October 2017 7.30pm - Ralph McTell
Tuesday 17 October 2017 7.30pm - Kate Rusby 25 Years
Friday 3 November 2017 8pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm - Oysterband 40th Celebration Special
Wednesday 22 November 2017 8pm - Steeleye Span



Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 25 July 2017

Part One below - A full listing up to the end of August
Part Two - One-liners for September
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

NEW Thursday 16 November 2017 7.30pm - Wildwood Kin - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Turning Tides Tour. Standing only gig. They have recently wowed the crowds at Glastonbury and have the ear of national radio stations. Wildwood Kin formed four years ago while in their mid to late teens. They borrow heavily from early folk influences, not least in their hypnotic three-part harmonies. But their extraordinary debut album delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments and it boasts inventive electronics and spectral atmospherics. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney all sing, swapping leads on songs they write themselves, and joining forces on harmonies that have remained their trademark. Their sound has matured at speed and their confidence caught up with their talent. More details, bookings etc. www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk. Tel. 01752 297604.

Change of session venue: Copplestone -> Coleford
Copplestone, The Cross, last Tuesday of the month, 8pm: change of venue. The Cross is closed for the foreseeable future so Dave Brassington has talked to the landlords of The New Inn at Coleford (EX17 5BZ, 01363 84242) who are very happy to host the song and music session there. Dave informs us that we will no longer have the accompaniment of a jukebox, plasma screen TV or fruit machine, but that the New Inn does have Captain, its resident parrot. It also serves meals from 6.30pm, has a superb wine list and Otter Ale at £3.30 a pint. It has always been a great session at The Cross and Dave very much hopes to see as many of you as possible there (in the back room of the pub). Dave’s contacts: djbrass [at] btinternet.com 01363 84914.

Ashburton Arts bids successfully to buy Ashburton Methodist Church
"Is it possible that you've missed what's been happening around the Ashburton Methodist Church. Along with a bunch of other people, I've been working for the last year (or more!) to set up 'Ashburton Arts'. On Wednesday I was stealing myself for all this work to be dashed, when someone with deep pockets would come along and outbid us. That would be that. When a bronzed guy, who'd apparently been seen driving his Ferrari around town arrived at the auction, it wasn't looking good. At our bid of £150,000 against somebody else entirely, the auctioneer said, “Going once, going twice…” then Mr Ferrari, sitting at the back, stuck up his hand and put in a bid of £151,000. We continued, with Francis Parffrey doing the bidding on our behalf right beside me. It crept up £1000 at a time. We put in a bid of £170,000 – knowing that we were getting very close to our limit. Silence. “Going once, going twice…sold to the bidder at the front” announced the auctioneer looking straight at Francis. There was a hush for a second. Then the church erupted with cheers! WE GOT IT. So, there is to be a new Community Arts Centre for Ashburton. Enormous thanks to everyone who has supported in any way. We're certainly still accepting donations, and will be for some time. See www.ashburtonarts.org.uk for donations and loans, or drop cash or cheques in at Ashburton Post Office for Ashburton Arts. Exciting times ahead! Best wishes, Andy Williamson."


General items retained from previous circulars

The following interesting item appeared in Steve Cunio's Somerset & Dorset Folk Events Diary email today - Have any Harberton Folk recipients experienced this issue yet?
"Do you use Gmail?
I've had a couple of emails from people asking why SaDFolk had started to send them Google Calendar invitations to events they had no interest in. I haven't changed anything here, but following a bit of searching round the Net, I found that Google had made this 'improvement' to their service.
If you have a Gmail account and a Google Calendar account and any email you receive contains something which Google interprets as an event you might want to go to, it automatically adds the invitation to your calendar and sends you an email about it.
To turn this off, you need log into your Google Calendar then click on the gear wheel icon in the top right, select ‘settings’ then look for ‘Events in Gmail’. Under that there should be a ‘Add automatically’ setting. Deselect that and the problem should go away."
Please let me know (by reply to this email) if you as a Harberton Folk recipient have experienced this issue. Thanks. JC

Anton Horwich's Macmillan Fundraising
Anton (from Folk on the Moor) completed the 23.5 mile Macmillan Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike and the sell-out Milton Combe Concert on 30 June raised just under £500 and my total now stands at £1771. A massive "thank you" to all who came to the concert (with apologies to those who missed out) and to everyone who has donated so generously. If you would like to contribute to this great charity, you can still do so at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anton-Horwich.


Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for July
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Dartmoor Folk choir Lost Sound Chorus is looking to expand
Dartmoor Folk choir, The Lost Sound is expanding, after a remarkable year of gigs. TLS are looking for male singers, with choral/harmony singing experience, particularly basses. The choir offers vocal and performance training www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk. Contact Sandra email: sandra@singingandbreathing.co.uk.


Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the 2017/2018 dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
23 Sept, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 6 Jan, 3 Feb
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings. September is not the usual first Saturday due to other commitments, and nothing in October.

Frequency of these e-circulars
A quick reminder that while I attempt to send an e-circular on a weekly basis, things don't quite always work out that way - work, good gardening weather etc. etc. get in the way sometimes. But I don't think more than a fortnight has ever elapsed between missives. So if you ever think you might be missing one (they do occasionally disappear into the ether - or a spam/junk folder), you can always check www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where the full open-ended Diary listings are always available, along with relevant parts of recent e-circulars.
And remember to use the 'Update subscription preferences' link at the foot of every email to change your email address if need be.

Final reminder: Important note re EE email addresses:
I understand that all email addresses @ any of the following:
Orange.net, Orangehome.co.uk, Wanadoo.co.uk, Freeserve.co.uk, Fsbusiness.co.uk, Fslife.co.uk, Fsmail.net, Fsworld.co.uk, Fsnet.co.uk
will cease to exist after the end of May 2017 and that users of these are generally being advised to use Gmail instead.
1) Do please update your email address using the 'update subscription preferences' link below to ensure that you continue to receive these e-circulars after the end of May. It would be great if you could also reply to this email to let me know you've made the change because MailChimp won't tell me.
2) If you change to Gmail, please note that Harberton Folk e-circulars may well arrive in the 'Promotions' inbox folder rather than the 'Primary' folder (if you see these separately). This is because MailChimp is a commercial email marketing tool (although fortunately free to use for relatively low-volume use such as Harberton Folk).

Last week's circular
The return copy of last week's circular I send to myself for checking purposes unusually finished up in my Plusnet spam/junk folder. I have no idea why. This seems to happen very occasionally. Remember, if you fail to receive a circular within a fortnight at most for whatever reason, the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Nothing to do with the folk context of Cuckoos, but...
...'Devon Birds' are very keen to hear of anyone hearing or even better seeing a cuckoo. Report your own or see where cuckoos have been heard or seen at www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/cuckoos.


NEW Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
A rare opportunity to see and hear the Big Band version of Peter Knight's Gigspanner including Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Tickets £17. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk. A special show prior to the Big Band's appearance at Fairport's Cropredy Festival.
Personal note: Gigspanner have a sensational new percussionist, Sacha Trochet, who has helped lift Gigspanner to a new level of excellence. Jan and I saw the Trio's show in Dartmouth recently and cannot recommend this Ashburton gig highly enough. It is guaranteed to be stunning. JC

Does your morris side need any new sticks?
Right, you've done May Day and the season's started, but you forgot how bad some of the sticks in the bag were. I have some well-seasoned, stripped hazel morris sticks available now, coppiced from our own small wood at Harberton over 12 months ago. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, near Totnes. Reply to this email for further information, price etc.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) for May happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Ashburton Arts - A new charity, and an appeal
"In November, we applied successfully to Teignbridge District Council to have Ashburton Methodist Church building declared a public asset. This led to an embargo on the public sale of this building, which ends on 1 June 2017.
We have pledges of over £50,000 so far — an amazing feat, with generous offers of loans and gifts from individuals and organisations, most recently £5,000 from E & JW Glendinning. We are still working on other avenues but have to prepare for the possibility that it may go to auction again and we should therefore have £150,000 available to buy the building and then to start things happening there.
Since the temporary reprieve was granted, ‘Ashburton Arts’ has applied for charitable status and will soon become an ‘Charitable Incorporated Organisation’ which anyone can join as a member. We have commissioned truly outstanding plans to develop the site and create a lively hub at the heart of Ashburton, offering space for people to come together to work during the day and affordable performances and classes for people across Dartmoor throughout the year. See www.ashburtonarts.org.uk for more.
We will be eligible for grants to renovate the building, but right now we think we need to raise another £100,000 in donations and long-term loans. Can you help? Do you know someone who could? Time is of the essence and your help will be massively appreciated.
We now have eight local trustees who have been working hard to put in place all the legal and bureaucratic necessities required to enable the community to own a building like this and run it for the public good. We are confident we can make it a viable enterprise that will sustain itself for years to come. We are sure that it will remain a well-loved part of the fabric of our town and the surrounding area and that it will provide inspiration and enjoyment for many people, providing opportunities that don’t currently exist.
Our challenge now is to raise the remaining capital. Your help will make a difference, whatever you can offer, as a donation or a loan, from £10 to £10,000. Over 200 people have already signed up as supporters: join them now at www.tinyletter.com/ashburtonarts and you’ll get emails from us directly.
Andy Williamson, trustee and project manager. andy@ashburtonarts.org.uk."


Important - Please Read
Somewhat disturbingly, I saw that the copy of this e-circular (and the test version I send beforehand) that I send back to my own main email address both finished up in my Junk folder for the first time last week. (The same has been happening for several weeks to the Somerset & Dorset folk events e-circulars that I receive from Steve Cunio www.sadfolk.co.uk).
I can only assume this problem is caused by a change in my ISP's spam filtering system which has perhaps taken a dislike to material sent using MailChimp, which is essentially a commercial email marketing tool, although free (and normally very convenient) for relatively small-scale users.
I fear I can do nothing to easily remedy the problem, so if you think you should be receiving my e-circulars and haven't had one within a fortnight at the most, please check your junk/spam folder.
On fortunately only very isolated occasions the return copy of my e-circular has disappeared into the ether entirely as far as my ISP is concerned, while the copies sent my Gmail and Hotmail addresses have got through normally (albeit perhaps arriving in the 'Promotions' folder in Gmail rather than 'Primary' / Junk folder in Hotmail).
If all else fails, the full open-ended listings (and recent e-circulars) can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.


Session News:
Torquay: Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road TQ1 4QA
, 01803 328290
Alternate Wednesdays. Appalachian session.
South Brent, Pack Horse Inn, Plymouth Road TQ10 9BH, 01364 72283
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month (may previously have been listed as alternate Tuesdays). Mixed folk session, mainly song, but instruments welcome. Contact Eileen eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Otterton Mill Music 2017 - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The spring season of music upstairs in the restaurant at Otterton Mill will be up and running again soon. This is a small intimate venue and often sells out quickly. Summer outdoor concerts in the courtyard have about double the capacity. Then back indoors again for the autumn concerts. Music nights also feature menus of seasonal food (ticket prices cover music only). Doors 6pm, food served until 7.30pm, music starts 8pm. There's music for many tastes and I'll list all the events at least briefly. www.ottertonmill.com.
Spring: 16/3 Rag Mama Rag; 23/3 Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz; 6/4 Sam Lewis; 27/4 Corrine West; 11/5 Tia McGraff; 18/5 Chris Cleverly; 15/6 Worry Dolls; (Weds) 28/6 Boo Hewerdine
Summer: 13/7 Hucklebuck; 27/7 FB Pocket Orchestra; 3/8 Daniel Smith Blues Band; 17/8 Ragged Union; 31/8 Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Autumn: 14/9 Edwina Hayes; 28/9 Hollie Rogers; 12/10 Carrivick Sisters; 9/11 Vergonica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi


Villages in Action Announcement
"Those promoters who were at The May 2016 Menu Launch will be aware that Villages in Action has been coping with an 80% reduction in its funding in the last five years.
Catherine Devenish, The Chair of the Board of Trustees, has regretfully announced that the scheme will be taking a pause in its activities after the end of the current spring season. The Board hopes to provide more information about the legacy of Villages in Action this summer. Please go to the Promoters area to find out more regarding the background to this decision and what the implications are. As our Unearth project is separately funded, we hope that it will be unaffected.
We want to express our gratitude to the promoters, audiences and artists who have made our events so special and memorable over the last 24 years."
[Further information can be found on the VIA website www.villagesinaction.co.uk.]

Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.


Featured pub venue: Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Plenty of folk music happens at the Bay Horse:
2nd & 4th Wednesday – Unaccompanied folk singing, preferably not from paper. www.facebook.com/groups/177074592312716; 1st & 3rd Monday - Sessions for musicians and singers; 4th Monday - Irish Session.
Also jazz, open mic, quizzes, and excellent beer etc. Tel. 01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com, www.facebook.com/groups/23742476306.

Folk in the South Hams
Free concerts take place regularly (2nd Thursday) during the winter at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge.
Various regular folk sessions of different types (general, tunes/songs, mainly trad tunes) take place in Churchstow, Frogmore and Kingsbridge).
After a change of management at the Church House Inn Churchstow, the regular 1st Thursday session there (run by John Connor) resumes on 2 February (from 8pm).
A full diary listing all the above occurrences can be found at www.shamstrad.co.uk.
John Connor is also the promoter of a concert at Kingston Reading Room on Saturday 18 February by key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

New Festival not too far away - First Bridport Folk Festival - 11-13 August 2017
The very first Bridport Folk Festival planned for August. Comprising a combination of music and dance with three open air stages plus three indoor venues. Event will include ceilidhs and workshops . With the wonderfully talented and charismatic Reg Meuross, Ninebarrow, The Polly Morris Band and Tinderbox to name a few as part of an exciting line up in excess of 40 acts, this first festival is going to be a cracker. Applications from dance sides are still being accepted as are traders. Contact for dance is Ian Cox: lauriancox@yahoo.co.uk. For Trade stalls Tim; www.bhreventsolutions.co.uk/bridport-folk-festival.


Also in Topsham, but not the Folk Club
Regular instrumental session (mainly English) at The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map) on the first Tuesday every month (not August) 8pm- 10.30pm.


Session news - Church House Inn, Churchstow (from John O'Connor)
No session at the Church House Inn, Churchstow in January, owing to a change of management due to take place on January 4. Watch this space for future developments once negotiations have taken place with the new managers early in the new year. 01548 810806 for details.
John also says "Note the date: Saturday 18 February 2017, Kingston Reading Room - key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Support from Silvington, South Devon's fast emerging duo. 7.30pm Doors 7pm £10 advance from 01548 810806, £12 door.

Session News - Jurassic Folk and Jam! - Eyre Court Hotel Conservatory, 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY
Jurassic Folk nights (every 1st & 3rd Wednesday except August) attract excellent crowds and a full variety of performers. Singers & musicians welcome for an evening of live acoustic performance, listening and joining in and the odd drink or three. Come along bring your voice or an instrument or both, and entertain or be entertained and help us keep music live. Doors 7.30pm, start prompt 8pm, one interval, 10.30pm. Free admission No slots are booked. All abilities of musician will receive a warm welcome. All music acoustic so no gaps between slots. Full details www.jurassicfolkandjam.com.

Session News - Kings Arms, South Zeal nr. Okehampton EX20 2JP
Third Monday of the month, 8pm. Music session. (Pub 01837 840300; Mark Bazeley: 01837 840775).


Session News - Cider Bar, Newton Abbot
One I wasn't aware of previously, but which is already included in the extremely comprehensive session listings on www.flaxey-green.co.uk, and actually came to my attention through
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com):
Regular second Wednesday 8pm, mixed traditional music session. The main genres played are English folk, old time and bluegrass. A very relaxed session in a great venue: Cider Bar, 99 East Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2LD. Tel 01626 354221.


This is another important 'Admin' message. Monday 20 June 2016

As I have sufficient spare capacity left on my free monthly send allowance with MailChimp, I wanted to give you a quick update:
I'm still concerned that my Harberton Folk e-circulars may be increasingly falling foul of some spam filtering systems and that some intended recipients are consequently not receiving them at all, or they are going into Spam/Junk folders rather than normal In Boxes.

Statistics provided by MailChimp indicate that this may have happened to some extent again with last week's circular, sent on 14/6/16. (A copy of this can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.) My recent Admin message on 8/6/16 did not seem to suffer the same fate.

I wanted to let you know that this week's main circular will be sent sometime on Wednesday 22nd June, so if you normally receive the circulars and haven't received this week's by first thing Thursday morning, you will be able to find a copy on the website. I'd also be grateful if could let me know at the reply email address at the foot of this message.


Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 June 2016

This is an important 'Admin' message - Please read
Possibly Missing Circulars
(The usual event-full circular will follow in a few days, but new details of a Seth Lakeman gig in Exeter Cathedral on 17 December, already selling very strongly, follow below.)

I've spotted an issue which means some people may not have received the normal circular I sent on Monday this week.

For 2½ years I've been using the commercial email marketing tool MailChimp to send my circulars. For my total number of contacts and total monthly usage, this is free to use. But it does mean that some email systems might regard the Harberton Folk circulars as commercial promotional material. Gmail for example may put them under the 'Promotions' Inbox tab rather than the 'Primary' tab.

To help me keep a check on what is happening I send a copy of each circular to a 'normal' email address of mine (handled by my ISP, Plusnet [ISP = internet service provider]) and I send further copies to a Gmail address and a Hotmail address. Occasionally the copy to my ISP-based email address doesn't arrive. I have no idea why? Perhaps for some unknown reason it is categorized as spam and deleted (without trace). But I also send a copy to my wife's Plusnet-based email address - and that usually gets through when mine doesn't.

Last Monday's circular was different. For the first time in the case of non-delivery to our normal Inboxes, it finished up in both my and my wife's respective Spam folders on Plusnet's server.
Again, I have no idea what element of the circular's content might have caused it to be specifically categorized as spam (it may possibly have something to do with the number and type of links I include, but that is a pure guess), and I fear the same may have happened in the case of other ISPs. I can do nothing about this. I just hope it doesn't happen again.

But if you suspect you may be missing a circular, please always check the website www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where a copy of the most recent circulars can be found, now with a prominent link on the home page.


Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for June
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Session news
Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064)
Open mic: First Friday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]


Session/Club News
Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Regular 3rd Friday club. Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)
Launceston - Racehorse Inn, North Hill www.racehorseinn.co.uk
Live music last Monday every month. 01566 786916


Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Folk Dance Club News
Well, it's not news really, but there are many such clubs across our area, for example the Exeter Folk Dance Club which meets usually Last Friday in the month  7.30-9.30pm (not July/August) at the Palace Gate Centre, South Street Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter EX1 1JA.  An open and welcoming Club affiliated to EFDSS. For more information email exeterfolkdance@gmail.com. All welcome.
See www.flaxey-green.co.uk for details of all folk dance clubs across our area.

Morris Sticks
I can supply limited quantities of stripped hazel morris sticks from our own small wood at Harberton, cut and prepared to order during the winter. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, or Hermes courier delivery. Email me at the address below for further information, price, estimated delivery charge (Hermes charge £7.69 for a 5-10kg package and £9.98 for a 10-15kg package). JC


Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more
Folk News for Somerset & Dorset / Wessex
Sadfolk's weekly email circulation - sign up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (Steve Cunio)
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com (Tony Watts)


Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.


Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.


Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.


A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf


New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]


An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"


A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.


Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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MailChimp 'Final Confirmation' text

Welcome to the Harberton Folk Email Circulation

Many thanks for joining our free and confidential service which currently has over 1500 subscribers.
Please email me, John Culf, at johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk to tell me how you found out about the website / email circulation as I'm really interested to know how the word spreads. Thank you.

If your are a Gmail user, please note that Gmail may put the circulars in the 'Promotions' folder rather than 'Primary' or 'Social' if your Gmail is set up to show all three Inbox folders.

A new e-circular is usually sent every 7-14 days which will contain a selection of reminders and newly notified events, all extracted from the open-ended Folk Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (the 'website') listing all known folk concerts etc. for the area, along with details of folk clubs, ceilidhs and much more. Recent circulars and a developing draft of the next circular can also be found on the website.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

The circulation covers events happening over an area extending about 30 miles from Totnes as the crow flies in all landward directions, roughly the southern half of Devon in other words. The information is gleaned from various sources including certain venues' own emailing lists, my own website trawls and - last but importantly not least - input from you. If you know of an event that's not in the website Diary, do let me know, and the more notice you can give the better.

Here's a collection of links that may be of interest; many more can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (please tell me if you find any broken links anywhere):

Folk clubs
Brixham Folk Club - www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/brixham-folk-club
Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill, near Ivybridge -

Seaton - Jurassic Folk & Jam - www.jurassicfolkandjam.com
Teignmouth Folk Club - www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Devon%20Folk/Song/Teingmouth_Folk_Club.html
Topsham Folk Club, near Exeter - www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk
East Devon Folk: www.eastdevonfolk.org - Information about various folk clubs, sessions and more in East Devon and beyond

Venues/organisations offering folk concerts (some more occasional than others)
Calstock - Calstock Arts -
Exeter - Barnfield Theatre www.barnfieldtheatre.co.uk
Exeter - Phoenix Arts Centre -
Otterton Mill, near Budleigh Salterton - www.ottertonmill.com/musiclistings.asp
Newton Abbot - Kingskerswell parish church - www.worldunlimited.co.uk
Teignmouth - Teignmouth Folk Concerts - www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk
Totnes - South Devon Arts Centre - www.southdevonarts.co.uk

Informational sites
Flaxey Green: www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Masses of information about local performers, bands, gigs, events, folk clubs... and much more... throughout South Devon and beyond. Flaxey Green particularly gives excellent information about two areas that Harberton Folk does not cover: Pub Sessions and Folk Dance Clubs.
Harberton Folk: www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - Our own site, again with extensive, regularly updated listings for southern Devon

Devon Folk: www.devonfolk.co.uk - Devon Folk ("What's Afoot") folk listings, dance clubs, song clubs etc. across the county
Villages In Action:
www.villagesinaction.co.uk - Scheme covering 5 of 7 district council areas in Devon which helps bring quality professional performances including some folk events and participatory workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters
Somerset & Dorset Folk (Sadfolk): www.sadfolk.co.uk - Gateway to regular emailed folk information for Somerset and Dorset, including The David Hall at South Petherton and Bridgwater Arts Centre with regular major folk names, not too far from the east of our coverage area.

Acoustic Calendar for Wessex: An amazing "Guide to folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic" which essentially covers Somerset and Dorset, but also bits of all surrounding counties. Read more and/or download the full Calendar at www.folkmusicsomerset.co.uk/somerset_folk_diary.php. Also available by email subscription.

Folk on radio / internet
Folk on the BBC - A range of network (Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phglj), national (Radio Wales, Scotland etc.) and regional folk programmes from the BBC is available online (see www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/music/folk/player), and through iPlayer for up to 7 days after broadcast. A good example of a BBC weekly regional folk programme is Johnny Coppin on BBC Gloucestershire: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_gloucestershire

The Mike Harding Folk Show
The former BBC presenter now has his own show online (current and archives dating back to January 2013) at www.mikehardingfolkshow.com.

UK Folk Music www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk - an online resource whose output for a period included a monthly version of Folkwaves, the excellent folk music programme hosted by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, formerly broadcast on BBC Radio Derby until the BBC dropped it in 2011. Listen at www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk/magazine/category/folkwaves.

The Music Well (formerly Radio Britfolk) www.themusicwellhome.co.uk is an online resource dedicated to folk. Extensive billboard and new releases playlists offer pure no-chat music, plus many archived programmes offer a wide listening choice.

Locally, Dartington's Soundart Radio 102.5 FM also webstreams at www.soundartradio.org.uk (or www.myspace.com/soundartfm). The schedule, which usually includes Merlin's weekly folk and roots programme Weds 8.30-10pm, is available on the website.
Exeter-based Phonic FM 106.8 and streaming online at www.phonic.fm includes a 'Roots and Shoots' programme (Mons 6-8pm).

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for ???
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
On that same page I shall also attempt to include a regular monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the
Bicton Inn in Exmouth
, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for June
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.